Unfortunately, people are injured every day in businesses and retail environments across the nation. The owners of the business property where those injuries occur have a responsibility to keep their businesses safe for customers and employees, and to warn of any potentially hazardous conditions while they are being remedied.
When those responsibilities are not filled, you could have a premises liability case on your hands. That type of civil case is designed to help you recover monetary compensation for any resulting medical bills, lost income or earning capacity, disability and emotional distress.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Some of the types of injuries that commonly occur in store environments are called “slip and fall” injuries. These are often the most frequently reported in-store accidents, and most could have been prevented with the correct amount of inspection and maintenance by the place of business. Slip-and-fall injuries like sprains, abrasions, and broken bones can result from factors such as:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Uneven, cracked sidewalks
- Broken or cracked tile/flooring
- Bulky, wrinkled carpets or rugs
- Problems with automatic doors or elevators
- Oil spills in parking lots
- Unsafe product displays
- Pot holes in parking lots
Falling Merchandise Injuries
Stores with a large amount of merchandise stacked over the heads of customers are common places where falling-merchandise injuries occur. Everything from mild bruises to severe head injuries can result. These injuries are caused by:
- Inappropriate stacking
- Improper placement of heavy objects
- Lack of maintenance on shelving
- Poor employee monitoring of merchandise
Crime Victim Injuries
Serious injuries also happen in places of businesses when someone is the victim of a crime in or at the business location. Injures can result from crimes, such as assault, battery, robbery, rape and even murder. Those cases often happen in areas where inadequate store security, including poor lighting, is to blame.
If you or a loved one has been injured at a store, it is important to have your case reviewed as soon as possible after the injury. In the South Florida area, please contact the Orlando personal injury law specialists at Best Law Firm Florida P.A.